On September 11, 2001 I was driving school bus before my college classes for the day. When I got back to the bus terminal I heard that something had happened, but like most people I really didn’t have a very clear picture of all that was taking place. When I was driving back to the college, listening to the radio, I knew it was serious. The rest of that day revolved around news reports and confusion. I remember a few key points of that day. I remember how quiet it was without planes flying overhead. I remember the feeling of despair that came with the realization of the amount of people who had just been killed. There were just too many unknowns to be fully comfortable anymore. We know that the world has not been the same since. How could it be? This became a vivid reality for me when I flew home for a weekend in October of 2001 and there were people with large weapons all through the airport. This was happening in the United States!
That day put a very real face to evil. It showed us in vivid and tangible way what the result of sin is. The Bible says that the wages for sin is death. Sin will lead to death. If you remember the story of Adam and Eve you will recall that it didn’t take very long for sin to claim its first victim. Abel was killed by his brother Cain in cold-blooded, premeditated murder. I guess things don’t change.
Yet we have seen that while sin still kills, there is a way around it. Jesus Christ came into this world not simply to show us a better way to live. He wasn’t just an inspirational leader for people. He came to die for our sins so that we would not have to die for them. He paid for them with His life. The only way out of this cycle of sin is in a Savior. While the world contemplates evil and how to counteract it, we know that evil has already lost. We know that in Jesus Christ we have victory over sin and death. Terrorists will kill. Friends will turn on each other. Marriages will break apart because of infidelity and sin. But there is a better way. There is an answer. That answer is in Jesus Christ.
I am grateful that He has saved me from my sin. He also can save you from anything you are dealing with. There is no limit to what God can do. He is truly stronger than the worst evil and sin we experience.